Instagram removes Twitter viewing of photos, and the web mourns?

Dec 10, 2012

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Hands up if you are super lazy about Instagram. I know I have both arms up right now, just like subletter cat here. It’s really amazing I can even type, basically I’m internetting with my mind powers.

You’ve probably noticed that as of yesterday on Twitter you can no longer view ‘grams in your stream by clicking open a tweet. Super sad day. I won’t bore your with the nerdy stuff. But remember when Facebook bought Instagram and then Instagram launched its own web profiles and then the CEO said some BS about wanting to direct traffic to their own website? Dick move Instabook, dick move.

The truth is I hardly ever click links in Twitter. Which isn’t quite true. I should say that I exclusively click links to articles and blog posts and read-ables and such. If you share a photo via Hootsuite or link to Facebook or some other weird photo sharing thing where the image doesn’t preview directly in my stream, I’m never going to see your photo. Ever. If you share your pins I unfollow you, kidding (kinda not really). It’s just that I’m lazy slash I hate being taken out of the experience of twittering. I have a problem, clearly.

I think I’ve talked about this before, but I treat my Instagram as more of an extension of this blog than a reflection? I will share photos occasionally, but there is a lot that goes on over there that never makes it to here. Or else I would be blogging cat photos ‘er day. I like the variety, I never feel like I’m shoving too much of the same stuff out there at the same time. If you choose to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and here then A) You love me B) I love you too, and just like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, you “choose your choice.” But seriously, in an age of over consumption I choose to keep my platforms relatively independent and avoid pushing the same content all over the place.

My one overlap has always been Instagram to Twitter. While I don’t push every ‘gram to Twitter, I do often enough to notice this change. It’s pretty much the only way I share photos on the platform. Basically what this ‘update’ means to me is that I’ll phase that out since the experience just won’t be the same and I wonder if others will too. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be taking cat photos and putting filters on them, but you’ll just have to follow me on Instagram now to see them.

Are you on the ‘Grams and we don’t follow each other because we’ve been lazily phoning it in with tweets? Leave the link to your username in a comment and I’ll followsies. I’d really hate to miss out on any good Christmas timez photos coming up! Hugs, love, and filters everyone. We’ll get through this together.

Also, what do YOU think about this whole deal? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

UPDATE: Elizabeth from Seagrass Studio tweeted me this IFTTT recipe for bypassing the preview issue. (Isn’t the internet awesome! Thanks lady!) I’m going to test it out and get back to you. Also, Pinterest has moved in on this whole Twitter card thing and now pins are previewing in Twitter?!?!?! Its a crazy world out there guys. Sounds like another post will be coming up soon.

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sunny December 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

I had not heard yet about Instagram removing Twitter viewing of photos.
*sad*

I am on Instagram though :) http://instagram.com/sunnygirlsf/

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Beckie December 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

Yep. It still shares. But the link won’t preview anymore. It’s especially annoying for mobile I find. Which is sad because Instagram is what it is because of mobile sharing.

elizabeth December 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I’m an instant gratification kinda person, too and agree that unless I’ve been properly teased about your blog / genius article / breaking news I won’t click your link.

I remember when instagram first came out and you had to click to view – seems we’re going backwards…

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Beckie December 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Yes, and not in a classic ‘vintage’ way. I don’t want to go back to peeing in chamber pots either.

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